National News

Hurricane Cristina strengthens to Cat 4 storm

By The Associated Press

MIAMI - Hurricane Cristina has rapidly strengthened to a major Category 4 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds increased to near 145 mph (230 kph) Thursday morning. The hurricane reached Category 4 strength just hours after becoming a Category 3 storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some additional strengthening is possible during the day but weakening is expected to begin Thursday night.

Cristina is centred about 250 miles (400 kilometres) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest near 8 mph (13 kph).

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but forecasters say swells generated by the hurricane are affecting parts of Mexico's southwest coast and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. teachers endorse six-year deal
 
Police issue warning after teen killed in random attack
 
Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base
Country duo shifting into top gear
 
Cowichan schools open Monday, pending ratification vote
 
New works by Rick Bond
RenoMe! with FortisBC winner looking forward to end of her reno
 
Hope Centre opens in Sooke
 
Class educates mayor on cooking

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.